Before I start writing about this topic. I want to be the first to admit that time management isn’t one of my strengths. I tend to be very spontaneous, and dislike schedules. One thing that defines me as a person, is how much I value freedom and dislike being tied down. I am an entrepreneur by nature and don’t do well punching clocks. With that being said, I still study the subject of time management for my own self-growth and here is an effective strategy that anyone can follow. Its worked well for me in the past, and not just for fitness.

I believe it is an ABSOLUTE NECESSITY to learn to manage time if you are holding down a demanding career and want to make fitness a part of your life.

There are three main categories we place our time in:

Work Time: This is the time you are at your job. There is no way around this, this time is your employers and is usually not negotiable.

Committed Time: Things that go in this category are things we commit to when we are not at work. Examples of this could be community activities, a bible study for church, watching kids, dart league, part-time work, volunteer work, etc. Also, activities like commuting, eating, sleeping, and getting dressed and showered are all in the committed time category.

Free Time: This is pretty easy to figure out. This is the time you have left on anything that is not in the above two categories. Some people have very little free time because they have over extended themselves and have committed to everything. Even if you are one of those people, this strategy will still help.

Step 1: Keep Track of Your Time
The best way to get a grasp on your time is to see how you spend it. Keeping track for a couple days will help you do this. Go ahead and write down what you do each day, include when you are at work, when you sleep and eat, activities like TV, and computer time. Record it all. You could break it down using the three categories above (Work,Committed,Free). Do this for 2 or 3 days and you will probably surprise yourself… For example, someone who says they dont have time might find that they forgot that they spend an hour watching the news every night.

Step 2: Analyze Your Time
This is time to review everything and determine how much time you spend in each of the 3 categories. You will determine exactly how you spend your Free and Committed time, and decide if you are using each effectively. (I didnt mention work time because its probably non negotiable anyway.)

Step 3: Take Control Over Your Time
Figure out what activities you spend more time than you need to on. Then determine how to cut back on the time with those activities. You can do vice versa on activities you would like to spend more time on.

Step 4: Schedule
Now you have a clear picture of your time. You can easily see where you can place fitness into your life.

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